Eunice Gayson, 'Dr. No' Star and First Bond Girl, Dies at 90
Her character, Sylvia Trench, helped line up one of the franchise's most famous lines.
Eunice Gayson, the British actress who played the first Bond girl and the first to appear in two 007 films, has died. She was 90.
The news was confirmed Saturday via her official Twitter feed, with Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also issuing a statement.
“We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first ‘Bond girl,’ who played Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia With Love, has passed away,” they said. “Our sincere thoughts are with her family.”
Born in Surrey, England, in 1928, Gayson had a number of onscreen roles, including the 1958 Hammer Horror title The Revenge of Frankenstein, before appearing in Dr. No in 1962.
Her appearance in the first James Bond film would give the franchise one of its most iconic lines.
In a scene at the Le Cercle Club, her character meets Sean Connery’s Agent 007 over a game of cards. After she suggests they raise the stakes, Bond says, “I admire your courage, Miss, er…?” to which she replies, “Trench. Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mister…?”
His response: “Bond. James Bond.”
Trench, who also appeared briefly in From Russia With Love, was planned to become a recurring character. The idea was scrapped, however, by Goldfinger director Guy Hamilton.
Gayson would later go on to star on TV series including The Saint and The Avengers.
We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th. An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed. pic.twitter.com/c5kVHs256Y— Eunice Gayson (@EuniceGayson) June 9, 2018